The Halverson Nest

Native Heritage 

October was by far the craziest month this year. I was truly overwhelmed with the many blessings that we were given this last month. Hawk Mahalo was introduced to the world right at the beginning, Thunderbird turned 3, and soon after that I was asked to perform at the Native American Music Awards. Not-to-mention "Year of the Thunderbird" was nominated in four categories! You can imagine our excitement, especially since I was so adamant about releasing this record grass-roots, and it was finally getting some honest recognition.

To give a little back story on my Native Heritage, my mother is a Mdewakanton Dakota. The land that was given to our people is called "Lower Sioux Reservation", where I was born. My mom grew up on this reservation with 4 brothers and 3 sisters. She has lived at "Lower Sioux" for the past 15 years and does amazing things to inspire the youth, preserve the history, and help restore community for our tribe. Since my time on "The Voice" my tribe and people have shown me so much support and Love. I now have the platform to inspire the future generations of Native American's that have been repressed for so long. Inspiring them to go after there dreams and dream BIG!

In 2013, shortly after I released "One Shot", I was nominated for a Native American Music Award for the first time. This lead me to taking home "Songwriter of the Year"! I had never been nominated for anything at this point in my 7 year career, let alone recognized as a songwriter. A couple years after that, my debut on national television began. The NAMA's supported me all the way through "The Voice" sending out beautiful write-ups about my whole journey. 

Now lets get back to last month, see I told you I ramble. ;-) I'm in the middle of this whirlwind trying to juggle a newborn, 3yr toddler, and maintain a healthy relationship/career/life. I now have to fly out for the awards show in 5 days. Our beloved family comes in from North Texas to help (thank you John & Cathy!). I jump on the plane with my mom, and a guitar player. We get out there and the whole thing was just beautiful. If you haven't been out to Niagara Fall's do yourself a favor and add it to that bucket list. So powerful. It was held at the beautiful Seneca Casino and Resort and they treated us like A-List celebrities. We walk in to rehearsal and are quickly introduced to the house band Ed Koban, and they are going over my tune "Mama" and that shit is sounding good! Instantly I'm ready to do this! I'm serious, one of the most energetic sets we had all year. Everyone was feeling it and super connected. We performed two of my originals from "Year of the Thunderbird". We played "Thunderbird Sky" and "Mama".  The drummer was like " give me a sign when you wanna end it" we just kept jamming for what felt like 20 minutes. We could've went all night. Such a great jam! Hopefully we'll get some video content from this night soon.

As I mentioned I was nominated for 4 awards, which I am beyond grateful for. I received "Best Folk Recording" & "Artist of the Year"!!! None-other-than Felipe Rose from "The Village People" presented me with the award. Through the many blessings we received last month, it was a reminder that good songs, good people, and Love is all I need to fuel this life of music. I am so very grateful for that! Life is good and thank you Native American Music Award's and you my extended family for the reminder.

Have a Happy Turkey Day! If you are in the Minneapolis, MN area, come hang with me and support Native American Heritage Month at The Buffalo Show next week where I'll be performing. Hope to see you on November 28th at Bryant Lake Bowl show starts at 7pm!

 

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An Introduction... 

In the blink of an eye, our first son was 3. Thunderbird Lee has been such a blessing and the inspiration for my album Year of the Thunderbird, After the birth of our second child Hawk Mahalo, I wanted to start documenting our family. I talked with my wife about the best way to share pictures, speak freely, tell stories, and share advice. Let's be honest I am not the best when it comes to Instagram...I tend to ramble. Most of what you see from me is my music, though this is my career and my first love, I wanted to be raw and exposed. Those that know me, know me to be an open book. Some might even say...I'm a bit of an audible book (my wife). I want this to represent who I am. The Halverson Nest will feature Family, Style, Music, and Lifestyle. 

When we decided to start The Halverson Nest, we thought the first post needed to be a family introduction. Like I mentioned, we welcomed our second son in late September. As you can image, getting the whole family together was a challenge. First of all, we all had to get dressed and out of the house! How do you take pictures of a 3 year-old, newborn, and a tired Mommy & Daddy? We thought it might be easier to take the pictures at home and taking them in pieces seemed to be the best way to make sure we got a few good ones. After three photography attempts, we were finally able to get pictures where there was good lighting and happy babies.

All clothing links will be provided next to the person wearing it. I would love to hear your thoughts on this post and other topics you would be interested in. 

Josh

 Top: Vintage

 Bottom

https://www.wrangler.com/shop/ProductDisplay?storeId=7401&catalogId=13652&urlLangId=-1&langId=-1&productId=94987&urlRequestType=Base&cm_mmc=CSE-_-Google-_-CPC-_-Product&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=shopping&utm_content=pla&utm_term=00082BN:42:29&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIkKyQkrTM1wIVjrXACh3EzgbCEAQYASABEgJSlvD_BwE

 Sunglasses

http://www.sunglasshut.com/Experience%3FstoreId%3D10152%26catalogId%3D10101%26experienceName%3DPersol-Steve-McQueen-2013

Rexana

 Top

http://us.shein.com/pdsearch/page2/corduroy/

http://us.shein.com/Botanical-Embroidered-Trumpet-Sleeve-Cord-Top-p-382732-cat-1733.html

 Bottoms

https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/paige-sarah-high-waist-crop-straight-leg-jeans-serafina/4707951?top=72&brand=3883

 Hat

http://www.resistolhat.com/collections.php?prod_id=70#

Thunderbird

 Top

http://www.hm.com/us/product/75785?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI3Zr1p6_M1wIVD6rsCh0tAwqbEAQYASABEgIfWPD_BwE&article=75785-A&s_kwcid=AL!860!3!200226264386!!!g!301613056465!&ef_id=WfAHawAAAv7Zycf-:20171120050000:s

 Bottom

http://www.hudsonjeans.com/catalog/product/view/id/124197/category/871/

 Shoes

https://www.kidoshoe.com

Hawk Mahalo

https://www.hobbylobby.com/Wearable-Art/Accessories-Embellishments/Bandanas/22%22-x-22%22-Black-Fashion-Bandana/p/21336